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Thread #62702   Message #4003777
Posted By: Daniel Kelly
08-Aug-19 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
While recording a Dave Van Ronk style version of Mister Noah, I found an interesting entry in Robert W Gordon's collected songs, among those too bawdy to publish at the time. These lyrics are date 1918.

OH NOAH

"Oh Noah, Oh! Noah, may I come into the ark of the Lord
For it's growing very dark and it's raining very hard?"
Tra la lu, tra la lu, tra la lu la.

"Young fellow, young fellow, you can't come into the ark of the Lord,
Though it's growing very dark, and it's raining very hard."
Tra la lu, tra la lu, tra la lu la.

"Go to Hell then, go to Hell then, go to Hell with your damned old
For it ain't going to rain very hard anyhow." [dinky scow,
Tra la lu, tra la lu, tra la lu la.

"It's a lie, sir, it's a lie, sir, it's a lie for your life for you
That it's sprinkling now, going to rain like Hell." [know damn well
Tra la lu, tra la lu, tra la lu la.

"Oh Noah, Oh Noah, you damned old son of a tightwad you.
I do not care to ride with you."
Tra la lu, tra la lu, tra la lu la.

"Young fellow, young fellow, your plea for life ain't worth a shit
So get the Hell off my good ship,"
Tra la lu, tra la lu, tra la lu la.